In Review: Supernatural, Episode 279 “Various & Sundry Villains”

Some fun moments spice up a predictable outcome.

Supernatural, Episode 279 “Various & Sundry Villains” Broadcast on February 1, 2018

Written by Steve Yockey

Directed by Amanda Tapping

Then: Rowena teams up with Sam to help Dean. After she leaves, Lucifer calls the Winchesters to tell them he’s killed her. Lucifer loses some of his Grace and needs to be up to full power because he and Castiel have been captured by Asmodeus.

Now: I-135, just north of Wichita, Kansas. Dale walks into a Mini Mart and spies two attractive women. One of them squeezes past him and puts something in his pocket, while the other says something in Latin. The man smiles as his eyes turn a florescent violet and sultry saxophone music plays. The woman, Jamie Plum, says she and her sister, Jennie Plum, are out of money. Dale asks what he can do to help. “Take all the money from the register, grab a couple of good bottles of vodka, and bring it outside.” She kisses him again and the saxophone plays. The cashier then goes through a window and Dale comes out with a wad of cash and a large, heavy bag. Jamie has words with him while holding a sledgehammer behind her back. Things go poorly for Dale. The title card ends the scene.

This was a fairly funny episode with Dean under a love spell — and that’s no spoiler, it was in the preview from last week. Dean’s dialogue with Sam back in the compound is good, with Sam knowing what’s going on, while his little bro confesses he’s smitten. After the expected occurs, it’s a race to get an item back from the young witches. Complicating matters is the return of another witch, who has plans of her own. Under the love spell, Jensen Ackles is hilarious for the first act of the episode. This is a side of Dean that should never be shown, with his heart a flutter, and his vocabulary not its usual self. Jared Padalecki is the straight man this episode, with something from his past revealed, telling how an event has been causing him difficulties.

Meanwhile in Hell, Cas and Lucifer are in side by side cells, with each taking verbal potshots at the other. It was good to see that Castiel knew exactly what to say to get under the fallen one’s skin. Mark Pellegrino looks to be having a great time acting with Misha Collins, with both playing off each other well. Pellegrino gets some great comedic moments, but long time fans know it’s only the character biding his time before lashing out. Collins has to play the straight man, doing what one expects of Castiel, though their final scene together has a terrific cliffhanger.

Elise Gatien as Jenny and Jordan Claire Robbins as Jenny and Jamie Plum are scene stealers, not only for their beauty, but the delivery of their lines written by Steve Yockey. Two, spoiled young witches constantly getting their way. “Sisters are doin’ it for themselves.” Their final clash with Sam and Dean is great, with one heck of a climax.

The special effects department did a neat job with all the eyes that changed colors in this episode, with the final character getting more than eye work and looking sensationally sinister in the final image. This is a budget saving episode, because — except the final scene — there’s no major effects, especially when the bros are stopped in their tracks. It was effective, but reminded me of a third season Original Star Trek episode. It worked, but was a bit silly.

The good: The script, the guest stars, Cas and Lucifer together, smitten Dean, and the special effects. And Brenda. Brenda must come back to the show somehow.

Fun lines: “You want to talk with me,” “Hello, boys,” “Let’s face it, Cassandra…”, “Where’s my son?”, “Ooo, you poor, sheltered boy,” “For sure,” “Good times,” “You’re gonna be really mean?”, “End it,” and “Then what’s that?”

The bad: A predictable outcome for the main story, with only the final scene in the B story sizzling. The undead threat in the climax didn’t have great makeup. And still no Jack.

The final line: Some fun moments spice up a predictable outcome. Everyone’s doing a great job, with some lines being terrific, but there’s really no suspense in this episode. Overall grade: B 

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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